When many people think of Miss Universe, they picture sexy swimsuits and sparkly evening gowns fit for royalty.
Raquel Pelissier of Haiti was the first runner-up, while Andrea Tovar of Colombia placed second runner-up.
First of all, Iris is 24-years-old and was born in Lille, France. If tonight I will not be the victor I am still honored that I'm still one of the three finalists.
The victor of this year's Miss Universe was Iris Mittenaere of France.
Barber also admitted that she had one very special person helping her from above over the last few weeks.
When asked about what the atmosphere was like after the competition, she laughed and said everyone was excited to go back home.
Still, as important as it is to remind viewers the contestants are worth more than their looks, the interview segment poses a challenge for pageant producers.
President Francois Hollande is yet to issue his congratulations for his country's new Miss Universe.
Canada's Sierra Bearchell, a 23-year-old law student and entrepreneur, also won a Top 13 spot despite getting some tough comments from fans about her weight, and how she was bigger than her rivals.
Mittenaere is studying to become a dentist in Paris.
Since her mother's hometown Cagayan de Oro had been hit by floods recently, Wurtzbach plans to put on sale her Miss Universe wardrobe and raise funds for those affected by the calamity.
In an interview to IANS, she said, "This is the moment where a Miss Universe is created".
Asked during the question and answer portion which failure made a mark in her life and how she learned from it, Iris talked about the setbacks in her studies but said these have kept her going. But after being crowned as the new Miss Universe, she understands her reach is now wider. The contestant seemed to impress the judges with her well-rounded life and authentic responses to questions.
Nevertheless, there was an outpour of encouraging words for Maxine on social media despite her not advancing to the Top 3. Sushmita Sen (1994) and Lara Dutta (2000) are the only two winners of the Miss Universe crown from India so far. "Be kindhearted, believe in moral values, have confidence in myself, but also admit my flaws, that is the way to work on myself and become confidently handsome".